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correspondent savannah guthrie is here with us in our new york studios with more on this to start us off. >> reporter: as is customary in washington, colbert submitted prepared written remarking before his testimony, and they looked straightforward enough. when he sat down to testify, he went off script and into his comedy routine. and not everyone is laughing tonight. on capitol hill today, more evidence of why some americans think washington is a joke. the comedian stephen colbert, was billed as an expert witness on farm labor. and testified in character. >> congresswoman asked me to share my vast experience, spending one day as a migrant farm worker. i'm happy to use my celebrity to draw attention to this important complicated issue, and i certainly hope that my star power can bump this hearing all the way up to c-span1. >> reporter: one congressman initially asked him to leave. >> you run your show, we run the committee. but what do you say to that, stephen? >> reporter: but the testimony went on for several uncomfortable minutes. though not every member gave him undivided attention.
Sep 24, 2010 11:35pm EDT
racist language used in calls, placed at all times of the day and night. but now, it's been caught on tape. senior investigative correspondent brian ross brings us this report. brian? >> reporter: cynthia, complaints about debt collectors and their tactics remain by far the number one source of consumer complaints received by the federal trade commission. and based on what we found in an abc news investigation, the tactics have reached an all-time low. in some cases, used on behalf of major american corporations. >> received august 7th at 8:10 p.m. >> what's up [ bleep ]? tell me, how do you stop two [ bleep ] kids from jumping on top of your bed? stick velcro on the ceiling. >> reporter: after bank of america reported that allen jones, 26, had an overdue credit card bill of $81, its debt collectors went on the attack, with a series of obscene, racist messages left on his phone. >> hi y'all, my name is jamal smith and i'm looking for some watermelons. i'm also interested in a couple of slaves, maybe you can go ahead an pick some of my cotton fields. go ahead, give me a call to lick
Sep 25, 2010 9:00am EDT
republicans are making. elect us and we'll make changes or at the very least put the brakes on presiden obama's agenda. >> mike viqueira, thanks. >>> tomorrow on "meet the press," just weeks before the midterm elections, an exclusive debate between two key party leaders. representative mike pence of indiana will square off against maryland congressman chris van hollen. if it's sunday, it's "meet the press." check your local nbc listings. >>> another week of gains in the books for the stock market. that's the fourth in a row now. but will this slow trend upward continue into a holiday season that many analysts believe will not get a big financial push from consumers? vera gibbons, economic analyst for msnbc is joining us. >> i accidentally stuck my head into that last clip. sorry. >> we love to see you any way we can. >> what about the gains here. >> i think it just has to do with the fact there's less pessimism about the future direction of the economy. durable goods came in better than expected. spending is up. it raises hopes this recovery actually is on firmer ground. we're on track for se
Sep 25, 2010 11:00am EDT
shine in one use. real shine, for real life. yours. [ female announcer ] new aveeno nourish plus shine. >>> next on msnbc saturday, taking aim. president obama fires away on the gop pledge to america. also ahead, she's not footloose or fancy free, but lindsay lohan is out of jail again. coming up, how she got out this time. >>> plus parental misguidance. the fallout from a videotaped fight between two teen aged girls leaves one of their mothers facing charges of child abuse. >>> good morning, everyone. welcome to msnbc saturday. i'm alex witt. it is 11 a.m. precisely out here on the east coast. first we go washington. president obama slamming the gop over its newly unveiled agenda. house republicans first shared their pledge to america on th z thursday. it is a new way forward that hasn't been tried in washington. but this morning the president says, the pledge is full of old ideas. >> many were the very same policies that led to the economic crisis in the first place, which isn't surprising since many of the leaders were among the architects of that failed policy. >> good saturday mo
Sep 24, 2010 5:30pm PDT
, who covers capitol hill for "the new york times." thanks for being back with us. so what's this delay all about? >> well, the senate clearly doesn't want to get embroiled in this issue before the election. it's just too unpredictable and the story line for democrats is clean, as things stand now. they're making the case that republicans would block tax relief for the middle class to hold out for tax break force the wealthy. republicans, of course shall want to extend those tax cuts for everyone. and so it's easier in the view of democrats to push this until a lame duck session. the political situation will obviously be less intense then. but as you said, the house speaker today left open the possibility of forcing a vote. and that could get really interesting next week. >> woodruff: now why the different calculus in the senate and in the house. >> the calculus probably isn't different. the conventional wisdom still is that in the end the house will decide to go home and campaign without taking this vote. but there's no reason for speaker pelosi to relent right now when she thinks she'